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A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

August 14, 2014 Toronto mobile crisis intervention team program evaluation final report

Law enforcement agencies frequently receive and respond to calls about crises of emotionally disturbed persons in the community. However, police face an increasing number of difficulties in responding to crisis calls due to challenges such as a perceived lack of training and referral expertise. Toronto’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Program was put in place to address some of these challenges.

August 14, 2014 Bill C-14: The not criminally responsible reform act

Recent high-profile cases across Canada have raised public concerns about safety around those with mental health issues. The Vince Li case on the Greyhound bus drew much media attention to the challenges that some individuals with mental health issues people face.

August 14, 2014 StatsCan releases report on the mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces

About 1 in 6 members of the Canadian Forces reported that they experienced mental health or alcohol disorder symptoms in the last 12 months, the 2013 Mental Health Survey found.

August 12, 2014 United Nations draws attention to mental health at annual youth event

“Mental Health Matters” is the slogan and theme for this year’s International Youth Day, an annual awareness day held by the United Nations to draw attention to social issues related to youth. This year’s theme is meant to raise awareness about youth with mental health issues and help reduce stigma.

July 31, 2014 New UK Report highlights CMHA’s work on Mental Health and Criminal Justice

In September 2013, Paula Reid, a researcher from the United Kingdom paid a visit to CMHA Ontario to discuss the intersection of criminal justice and mental health and how to better support individuals with mental health issues who have come into contact with the law.

July 30, 2014 New report recommends increased capacity and coordination for developmental services in Ontario

A new report by the Select Committee on Developmental Services details 46 recommendations for developmental services in Ontario, emphasizing the need to reduce waitlists for individuals waiting for care.

July 22, 2014 CMHA 2014 Conference in Calgary - Registration is now open!

CMHA Nation-Wide Conference – October 22nd-24th, 2014

REGISTRATION IS OPEN – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Opening Ceremony and Keynote
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 pm

Institutes
Wednesday, October 22, 9:00 am—3:30 pm

Keynotes and Concurrent Sessions
Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24

 

July 17, 2014 CMHA guest blogs for Legal Aid Ontario

Mental health is a key priority for Legal Aid Ontario, including the development of a mental health strategy that will strengthen the capacity of lawyers, front-line workers and management to improve services for people living with mental health issues.

July 17, 2014 Canadian Senators listen to CMHA Ottawa

CMHA Ottawa’s efforts to inform government decision-makers about a key financial issue for people with serious mental illness (SMI) has led to results published by Canadian senators.

July 17, 2014 CMHA Toronto's work with LGBTQ populations published

Social Work in Mental Health coverCMHA Toronto’s efforts to help LGBTQ populations has received much deserved public profile in the journal, Social Work in Mental Health.